What I've seen time and time again is someone gets an "idea' in their minds and then they plan very little and wonder why they only for a couple weeks and are done with the trip.
First off, the two canoe you mentioned are SHORT, you are better with something LONGER especially with little experience. It will save you a lot of fighting the winds and current. You may want to get a deked canoe or something like an EddyLine Shasta....I know three solo paddlers using this boat and each did a 6-month 2800 mile trip.
A gal is currently paddling Source-TO-Sea of the Missouri to the Gulf of Mexico in one too.
http://www.loveryourbigmuddy.com is her blog.
Contact the two FaceBook Groups that pertain to Miss Paddlers....they have a dozen people on there that have done the entire river!!! And are a wealth of info.
ITS NOT the canoeing that is going to wear you out its going to be the mental game.....long hot days, huge winds, big sea,s bugs, sunburned, camping on the ground day after day, eating a poor diet etc etc...Are you ready for that first? Go and see if you can even camp in a tent for a week before heading on such a big trip. Most people get all gun-ho!!! And plan a couple months and end up floundering and making a fool of themselves. They dont prepare mentailly.
May want to use a sea kayak 18-footer at least. More cramped but may be more stable for you in the long run. I know of plenty who have gone all the way to the gulf of mexico too in open canoes....it can be done but there is more to it than that.
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